Puppy walking

An adventure in looking after a puppy until it is old enough to be properly trained as a guide dog for the blind.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

We’ve been having some uneventful days. Walking properly has been a chore. Rockwell won’t walk at all well one day and the walk is full of corrections and hardly any walking. The next day will start well but then he will decide to grab his leash in his teeth and play tug of war - which, of course, he is NOT allowed to play as a future guide dog.

However, last night there was a new treat for us humans. We were watching a local show called Regional Contact, which showcases local businesses and artisans. The theme was the Year of the Dog and they interviewed people who made dog biscuits, collars, blankies and someone who runs a cafe where you can take your dog inside. Rockwell was quite interested in the parts that featured real dogs. As we have noted before, he looks like he is actually watching what is on television, as opposed to just being distracted by movement and noise.

At the end, the two hosts were standing outside with a mature yellow Lab. This suddenly caught Rockwell’s full attention (it came right after a boring commercial) and he ran over in front of the tv and stood up momentarily on his hind legs to get a better view. I think he thought better of actually putting his paws up on the front of the tv cabinet and so he sat down with a thump and stared intently at the television and the yellow Lab. Then the Lab ran off camera and disappeared to the right and Rockwell jumped up and ran to HIS right and looked out the patio door, to see where THAT Lab might have gone. It was a charming moment, I can tell you.


At 10:33 p.m., February 12, 2006, Blogger HanktheDog said...

Very impressive!

At 8:43 a.m., February 13, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

Hank, it was MUCH more entertaining to watch Rockwell live than to watch the tv show!

At 2:15 p.m., February 14, 2006, Blogger Furkids In Hong Kong said...

I remember the first time Cream ever set her eyes on a tele too. To say she was bewildered would be an understatement. :D

Take care!

At 8:57 a.m., February 15, 2006, Blogger JuliaR said...

Furkids, we think that Rockwell thinks it is like a window. It's funny because Uma never watched tv and didn't look in mirrors either. So we are having a fun time with Rockwell being different from her.


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